$17 Million Contribution Creates Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas

Dr. David E. Daniel and Mrs. Edith O'Donnell
Edith O’Donnell, with UT Dallas President David E. Daniel, has been a longtime patroness of the arts and education. The Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, which opened in 2013, will be home to the new institute’s campus offices.

Edith O’Donnell, longtime visionary and patroness of the arts and education, has made a contribution of $17 million to create the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. The purpose of the investment is to elevate art history at UT Dallas to a nationally pre-eminent stature.

“UT Dallas excels in science and engineering. The moment is right to build a program of the same quality and rigor in art history,” O’Donnell said. “There is a natural affinity between science and the arts. UT Dallas founders Erik Jonsson, Eugene McDermott and Cecil Green actively supported the arts. Now, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for art history, UTD-style.”

Dr. David E. Daniel, president of UT Dallas, said, “The University extends its sincerest thanks and grateful appreciation to Edith O’Donnell. Her dedication to preserving and expanding the knowledge of art throughout the world inspires the creation of this institute.”

Dr. Rick Brettell
Dr. Richard R. Brettell

Dr. Richard R. Brettell will lead the stand-alone institute as the first Director and Edith O’Donnell Distinguished Chair. He will also serve as a vice provost, reporting to Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, executive vice president and provost.

Brettell, a professor of art and aesthetic studies who also holds the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, said, “Mrs. O’Donnell has made it clear that what interested her about funding art history at UT Dallas was our strength in the sciences, technology and management, thus creating the conditions that could foster a wholly new kind of art history.

“With art historians on campus who study the intersections between art and cartography, art and biology, and art history in the context of big data, UT Dallas has demonstrated a willingness to think about art and about history in new ways,” Brettell said.

O’Donnell said she recognizes that outstanding faculty and students are critical to the institute’s success. Her $17 million lead gift will endow Brettell’s position at the institute, four O’Donnell Distinguished Chairs, 10 O’Donnell Graduate Research Fellowships, and a research and program fund. The institute will provide support for conferences, research travel, and visiting faculty and lecturers.

The institute’s campus offices will be in the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, a 155,000-square-foot facility that houses programs in arts and technology, visual arts, emerging media and communications, as well as a 1,200-seat lecture hall.

“The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History will be the first such institute formed in the digital age,” Brettell said. “It will work with the distinguished older institutes” in New York (The Institute of Fine Arts), London (The Courtauld Institute of Art History) and Munich (The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) as well as the research institutes at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Clark Art Institute and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and “will add a truly 21st-century dimension to the study of art history.”

The institute also will strengthen UT Dallas’ ties to area art museums. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art are working with UT Dallas on a partnership inconservation science. This partnership provides the museums with an opportunity to collaborate with UT Dallas scientists. Using state-of-the-art equipment, they will undertake long-term research projects focused on new scientific techniques and technologies to study artists’ materials. One of the new Edith O’Donnell Chairs will be dedicated to conservation science.

“We are very excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and its director, Dr. Rick Brettell, to foster a better understanding of the creativity and history embedded in the visual arts,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

“The 22,000 works of art in our city’s encyclopedic museum will provide a laboratory for scholars from around the world participating in the life of this new institute. The DMA’s emerging strengths in both technology platforms and scientific research of our collections will also prove to be a fitting complement to the compelling vision articulated by Mrs. O’Donnell and by Dr. Brettell.”

Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher Sculpture Center, said that the gift “represents a major step in advancing Dallas as an international center for the visual arts.

“Cementing existing programs, bringing new art historical talent to Dallas and fostering interdisciplinary research and institutional collaborations, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History promises to be transformative not only of the arts in Dallas, but also of the field of art historical studies,” he said.

Existing programs that will be affiliated with the institute include theCenter for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums, the Conservation Science Initiatives in partnership with the DMA and Amon Carter Museum, the DFW Art History Network and the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research.

Other affiliated museums and projects include the Census of French Sculpture in American Collections, the Crow Collection of Asian Art,Gauguin Catalogue RaisonnéJames Magee: The Hill, the DMA, theKimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and theYale Series of Books on the History and Theory of Art Museums.

The institute will open this fall with events and activities to be announced soon.

This story originally appeared in the UT Dallas News Center on July 24, 2014

Adobe Creative Cloud World Tour Stops at UT Dallas

Adobe’s Create Now 2014 World Tour will stop at UT Dallas this summer. Adobe Evangelists, Jason Levine, John Head, and Terry Ryan will visit UT Dallas to present the latest in Adobe Creative Cloud since CS6. The event takes place on Thursday, July 17 from 6-9 pm in Texas Instruments Auditorium, ECSS 2.102.

Learn new features that make everyday tasks easier and faster and how support for cutting-edge hardware and standards will free you to build anything you can imagine.  Get answers to your questions and get inspired by designers who are creating amazing work.

To find more Creative Cloud events to attend around the world, visit adobe.com/go/worldtour14.

This event is sponsored by the User Experience Club.

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Agenda

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm Doors open
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm Presentations by Jason Levine, John Head, and Terry Ryan
  • 8:30 – 9:00 pm Questions and Answers

Prizes

Adobe will be providing prizes including a free one-year Creative Cloud Membership. NOTE: You must be present to win.

Adobe will be provide pizza and soft drinks. Please arrive by 6:00pm.

About the Presenters

Jason Levine
Jason Levine

Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, travels the globe inspiring and educating users on the Adobe Creative Cloud with a focus on video and audio.

Levine has conducted training sessions for some of the top broadcast corporations in Europe and Asia including BBC, RTL and SVT.

Prior to Adobe, Jason was a full-time recording engineer working in studios coast-to-coast, engineering hundreds of recordings in a multitude of genres, prompting the formation of BoodahJooMusic Publishing. Since 2003, Jason has presented to more than 250,000 people, from Syracuse to Singapore and everywhere in between.

 

John Head
John Head

John Head, Adobe Contract Speaker and Community Professional – Austin Tx. John has been working with Adobe since its inception, implementing and training on Adobe tools for marketing departments on best practices of workflow.

For the last 8 years as an Adobe Speaker – he has grown fond of presenting the best creative software that inspire the creative processes and builds world class engaging content.

He has automated catalog production via InDesign for companies such as Dell, HEB and Heritage Auctions.  John is currently consulting with companies delivering targeted marketing materials via InDesign automation tools and Adobe Experience Manager. He is also working on a book with Apress on Web Marketing that is due out this fall.

 

Terry Ryan
Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan is a Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe. The job helps  designers
and developers in large organizations using Adobe technologies to be successful.

His focus is on web design and mobile technologies. Previous to that, he spent a decade working in various technical roles at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Terry is also the author of Driving Technical Change, a Pragmatic Bookshelf title.  It’s about convincing reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and ideas.